Azealia Banks is back on Twitter for the first time since 2020, when her account was suspended — not for the first time — for a series of transphobic tweets. Her return comes following Monday's news that Elon Musk had reached a deal to acquire Twitter for $44 billion.
Early this morning, she posted a screenshot on Instagram announcing her new handle, @Azealiaishere, with the caption "Oh girlssssssssss lmao we are in this bitch." She hasn't yet tweeted from the new account, but as of 12:30 p.m., she's already racked up over 21,000 followers.
Since her initial Instagram post, Banks has posted five more times, letting the accusations spray. Among the accused are Twitter Inc. and its co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, for profiting from the spectacle of George Floyd's murder; Black Lives Matter, for "lin[ing] DNC politician[s' pockets] with money" through their donation platform ActBlue — a factually false claim, though the financial structure of BLM has been called into question of late; and Musk himself, for allegedly using a private investigator to stalk her after she was called to testify in a civil lawsuit brought by Tesla shareholders that Musk eventually settled out of court for $40 million.
The FADER has reached out to representatives of Banks, Twitter, and Musk for comment.